What do you do if you’re browsing the Internet and read that July is National Hot Dog Month?
If you’re Philadelphia Dumpster Diver Joel Spivak, and you have a big heart and unlimited imagination (check out these photos of his home and handiwork), you stage pop-up exhibits and hand out free hot dogs – lots of them – everywhere from North Philly to South Street.
This year’s improbable celebration kicked-off Friday on Philadelphia’s Fabric Row, in front of Maxie’s Daughter Fabrics, where Joel and friends handed out 200 free hot dogs to confused-but-happy pedestrians….
AND THAT’S JUST THE BEGINNING….
Over the past three years, Joel has organized hot dog events and giveaways for vets at the Veterans Multi-Service Center on 4th Street; for summer campers at the HERO Community Center at 17th and Tioga; and for the children’s Bible Camp at Phillips Temple Christian Methodist Church at 3rd and Fitzwater.
He’s also staged pop-up exhibits and giveaways from South Street to Lancaster Avenue, with the help of sponsors and fellow Divers like Joanne Hoffman (who designs the annual t-shirt) and Dan Enright (who maintains the National Hot Dog Month in Philly website).
JOIN THE JULY 11 HOT DOG CRAWL
Joel also organizes the not-to-be-missed South Street Hot Dog Crawl, where adventurous eaters with strong stomachs share frankfurters slathered with everything from crab salad to jalapenos.
SEE THE JULY 2015 CALENDAR
So, in the end, why does Joel do it?
“It’s all about creativity and generosity,” he says. And, yes, I’ll take some free relish with that.